I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind. (Jer. 17:10)
Expanded Passage: Jeremiah 17:9-10
We recently went on a trip and hired a teenage girl to visit our home several times a day to care for our dogs. Worried about how the dogs would do, I decided to leave the alarm system on, thus recording sounds and images of their actions. Though I was used to camera monitors while shopping or driving, I still felt a bit uncomfortable, as it felt like spying.
As believers, knowing God’s presence is with us is comforting, but there are times it can be unnerving, as it is with the security monitoring we are exposed to daily—often it may seem that God is spying on us. Yet God knows our every move. And he knows us because he is with us. He knows what we think before we give voice to our thoughts, and he knows our actions before we can complete them. Because he sees all of us, he sees the ugly attitudes along with the good, our unholy thoughts as well as our godly ones.
Security in today’s world is meant to monitor our actions, to detect and to protect. God’s purpose for searching our hearts is to reveal our intents, purposes, and actions to test and renew our minds. Man-made security devices may fail; God’s security system is meant to enrich and empower and will never fail.
Trust in the only Source of absolute security and protection.
Susan Gordon lives in Wadsworth, Ohio, where she enjoys riding her e-bike, walking, serving as a volunteer in her city and county parks, photography, and spending retirement making memories with her family.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.